Ohio Lawmakers Try to Close Loophole in Sex Offender Law

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The Ohio Senate has passed a bill to prevent sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools or day care facilities even if they committed their crimes before passage of a state law prohibiting such residency.

The Senate voted 30-0 Tuesday in response to a 2008 Ohio Supreme Court decision that says the sex offender residency law could not be applied retroactively. The Legislature enacted the law in 2003.

The court said the law was vague and that it could not determine that lawmakers wished to make it apply to sex offenders who committed their crimes before the residency law was enacted.

The bill applying the law retroactively now goes to the OhioHouse.